|26.2 miles done! What a fantastic race.|
After hearing many wonderful stories about this amazing race - the scenic course, highly efficient management, handsome marines everywhere, and how difficult it was, I was drawn to join it. So when the lottery opened in March, I cast my lot. Sadly, the stars did not align for me so I just went shopping for other races.
Months passed and in August, I got a break! I found out that my employer is a sponsor of the mcm kids run and offered limited marathon and 10K registrations to employees. It was first come first served and this time, stars lined up and even jumped over the moon for me.
This was my 5th marathon in 2 years and yet I was scared and confused. Scared because I had barely 10 weeks to train, poor motivation, and low mileage. Statistically, that's 2-4 days a week of running with lots of walking, and an average of 18-27 miles per week from Sep to Oct. I felt undertrained.
Fun at packet pick up with the Jennifers
(L-R: Spangler, Palmer, uknown, me)
After talking to a few people and meeting the lovely Jennifers (Palmer and Spangler of 26.2 Life Changing Miles) at packet pick up, I've decided to take on a simple goal - to enjoy the race and finish proud. Mission accomplished!
It was a pleasant 60F morning, partially sunny, with mild winds when we started. After 4 hours, the skies cleared and temps rose to almost 80F. Managed to finish in 5:13:31 (11:57 mins/mile pace).
Course felt mostly flat but my GPS revealed a very gradual uphill.
|My garmin 920xt revealed a very gradual climb from mile 6, about 100 feet.|
NOTES TO SELF:
I love Bordeaux red wines.
Celebrated with this 2013
Montagne St Emilion
2- It's ok to run less than 4-5 times a week. Quality trumps quantity.
3- Slow and steady wins the race, So does run and walk. But I can't let myself walk just because I feel like it. I must overcome my laziness.
Thank you to all our brave men and women who serve(d) to protect our country.
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